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civilian casualties within those? any concept? collateral damage? >> it wasn't the best part of mr. brennan's testimony yesterday, there has been significant collateral damage. the numbers are obviously -- whether it's hundreds or thousands -- the real question is, you've got to ask yourself on a cost benefit way, yes. at times innocents are going to be hurt. you've got to ask yourself don rumsfeld's questions. what you are accomplishing against terrorists, is that to some extent offset by the fact that you're alienating populations and governments with whom you have to work? that's the question we have to constantly ask ourselves, this cost benefits test. >> john, it's donny. if we got to the point and as i listen to mr. brennan, where we were going to do a drone strike against an american citizen, it would be the most desperate of times, and i don't want to have to go through a fisa court, and i've got no problem with them doing it. >> i understand your feeling on that. the issue here is -- gene robinson in his column today raises a good point. he says if this were going on under george w
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was hopeful from mr. brennan's testimony that it may be the case now. as far as transparency goes, the public needs to know about the overall program. but as far as the nuances, i don't think that we want to put that out for public consumption. thank you very much. atlanta, georgia. republicans line. caller: thank you. first of all, i think it is a very dangerous idea to legalized killing. as the other gentleman was saying, does he think it is okay to kill people. i think it is a bad idea because, first of all -- and i was listening to mr. brennan and he was saying it is ok, it should be recognized. but killing anyone is an unlawful act. i think we should use the constitution and bring people to justice. because it gives opening doors for other countries to say, we can drone people who spy on our country. i think it is a very bad idea for people to forget about human rights and the americans -- not only american kids but what about the other kids who died, in somalia, iraq. are you saying their life -- americans' lives are more sacred than other peoples? this is incorrect, and i think people'
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to become the next director of the central intelligence agency. in may, 2010, mr. brennan publicly declared that we do not describe our enemy as jihadists or islamists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenant of islam, meaning to purify one's self or one's community. and there's nothing holy or legitimate or islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children, closed quote. mr. speaker, the unavoidable reality is that self-described jihadists have routinely gone about murdering innocent women and children for decades. it should alarm us all that neater john brennan nor -- neither johnen nor hillary clinton nor seemingly anyone else in the obama administration has fully recognized the scope of this jihadist threat. they seem blind to the fact that the islamist and the jihadists here and elsewhere in the world, in the west, are even now engaging in a previolent form of holy war against infidels and the free world. and the administration has refused to face the fact that the driving force behind this practice is the muslim brotherhood. the brothers themselves call this form o
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in what you just heard? is that a consistent narrative from mr. brennan? >> not completely obviously saying sometimes it produces information and sometimes it isn't -- >> not enough to derail this nomination. >> i don't think so. i think brennan probably compared with hagel is going to be a breeze to get through, but these are issues and this is what this testimony actually illustrates, that really tug at the heartstrings of americans. we have had a traumatic decade. we have come away questioning tactics of torture, the use of guantanamo bay. the legal justification not fully understood. the drone issue still not fully explained because it's so secret. there's still a lot the american public is struggling to understand. >> dan, one reaction that i have relative to the whole standard of when we could take out even an american is, you know, be careful before you make your decision based on the occupant of the white house because precedent is being set here, and whatever the drill might be for today could apply to president clinton in 2016. it could apply to president rubio in 2017 i gu
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for mr. brennan. but the drone has become the hot issue, because the obama administration has kind of changed positions in the last couple of years about, you know, tactics. >>> well, the dream of luxury living is over for a squatter in south florida. andre barbossa had taken over this foreclosed mansion, claiming an archaic law called adverse possession. but the bank of america, which owns the multimillion dollar property, had him evicted. the bank even had the locks changed and posted a 24-hour guard just to make sure the place remains unoccupied. >> this story should entertain you guys. a man in tennessee has quit his job after being linked with the number 666 through his employer several times. he received i.d. badge 666. another document also included is the so-called number of the beast. and the final straw was his recent w-2 form, when it included 666. he knew then he simply had to go. >> don't accept any papers, any telephone bills, anything with number of that. >> the company says it wants walter back on the job and will issue him a new w-2 form and has banned the use of t
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government is as nontransparent as this. >> tomorrow mr. john brennan is set to come to capitol hill for a senate confirmation hearing to potentially become the next director of the c.i.a. he was president obama's number one counterterrorism advisor oz the drone program grew and he'll likely get lot of questions about this secret memo. so yesterday the white house explained how drone strikes against american citizens can help protect the homeland. >> we have acknowledged, the united states, that sometimes we use remotley piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al-qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the united states and to save american lives. we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and save american lives. the strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> the only time president obama has ordered a strike against an american citizen that we know about was back in 2011 when anwar al-awlaki and kahn were killed in yemen. >> brian: his son was killed, too.